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Meaning of “pinch” in the English Dictionary

"pinch" in British English

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pinchverb

uk   us   /pɪntʃ/
  • pinch verb (PRESS)

[I or T] to ​press something, ​especially someone's ​skin, ​strongly between two hard things such as a ​finger and a ​thumb, usually ​causingpain: Ouch! Stop pinching (me)! These ​shoes are too ​tight, they pinch (my ​feet).pinch yourself informal You say that you have to pinch yourself if you cannot really ​believe something that has ​happened because it is so good or so ​strange: I can't ​believe that he's back from Canada and he's mine - I ​keep having to pinch myself to make ​sure I'm not ​dreaming.

pinchnoun

uk   us   /pɪntʃ/
  • pinch noun (AMOUNT)

[C] a ​smallamount of something, such as a ​powder, ​especially the ​amount that a ​person can ​hold between ​their first ​finger and ​thumb: While the ​tomatoes are ​cookingadd a pinch ofsalt/​sugar/​driedthyme.figurative Opinion ​polls on ​subjects like this should be taken with a pinch ofscepticism.
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(Definition of pinch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pinch" in American English

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pinchverb [I/T]

 us   /pɪntʃ/
  • pinch verb [I/T] (PRESS)

to ​tightlypress something, esp. someone’s ​skin, between ​yourfinger and ​thumb or between two ​surfaces: [T] He pinched his ​nose together and breathed through his ​mouth. [T] I had to pinch myself so I’d ​know I wasn’t ​dreaming.
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pinchnoun

 us   /pɪntʃ/
  • pinch noun (AMOUNT)

[C] a ​smallamount of something, esp. the ​amount that you can ​hold between ​yourfinger and ​thumb: a pinch of ​nutmeg/​pepper
(Definition of pinch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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